Christine Saint-Pierre up in Victoriaville, Quebec, sent in these beautiful photos on Thanksgiving Day—Canadian Thanksgiving, that is, which was on October 14. It has taken me a little bit to find a time to share them here on the GPOD, but they are still well within time for Thanksgiving for those of us in the United States.
It is Thanksgiving today in Canada, and no matter the ups and the downs of the past year, when you walk around the garden on a beautiful autumn day, there is plenty to be grateful for—Mother Nature in all her glory and a few butterflies as a bonus!
Forests in the north turn astonishingly beautiful in fall.
A magnificent old tree blazing up at the end of the growing season.
Sugar maples (Acer saccharum, Zones 3–8) are one of the great symbols of Canada, and their rich fall color, ranging from yellow to pumpkin orange, is hard to beat.
This scene is just magical.
A few daisies hanging on show that fall doesn’t mean flowers are over.
A sedum (Sedum spectabile, Zones 3–9) is flowering as well, providing a much-needed nectar meal to a small moth.
A butterfly stops by to feed.
And here’s a monarch butterfly fueling up for the long flight from Quebec to Mexico, where it will spend the winter.
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